Featuring the Symphonic Choir and soprano Stephanie Jennings.
Also featuring Dorian Antipa on bassoon.
CANCELLED due to COVID-19
French composer and virtuoso pianist Louise Farrenc wrote two overtures that were considered to be inspired by Beethoven’s models of German absolute music. Her Overture No. 2 begins dramatically and leads quickly into a song-like theme.
Gabriel Fauré, another French composer whose musical style influenced many 20th-century composers, is best known for his Requiem, Après un rêve, and the Cantique de Jean Racine. Written when Fauré was 19 for a composition competition, the prizewinning sacred work is for mixed choir and orchestra.
Gioacchino Rossini, an Italian composer of 39 operas, also wrote chamber music, sacred music and concertos, including the virtuosic, showy Bassoon Concerto. Performing it is Dorian Antipa, principal bassoonist with the Great Falls Symphony and a member of the Chinook Winds, who has performed extensively with orchestras in California, Connecticut and Illinois. He has also performed with the Helena and Billings Symphonies and enjoys playing his 17th-century baroque bassoon replica. Antipa is a passionate teacher and is bassoon professor at MSU-Bozeman.
As part of the notorious group of young French composers “Les Six,” Francis Poulenc wanted to break away from Germanic formality and French Impressionism. His first sacred work, the Gloria, is a large-scale work for soprano, four-part mixed chorus and orchestra, and consists of the words of the Mass set to music. Featured is soprano Stephanie Jennings. She has sung with the Houston Grand Opera and Dallas Opera for more than a decade, in operas that include Carmen, Madame Butterfly and La Bohème. She last appeared with the Great Falls Symphony on Carmina Burana in 2016.
Stephanie Jennings has sung with the Houston Grand Opera and the Dallas Opera for over a decade. She has performed in numerous operas, including “Carmen,” “Madame Butterfly” and “La Boheme.”
Dorian is the Great Falls Symphony's principal bassoonist and is a passionate chamber and orchestral musician of both early and contemporary music. Winner of the Hartt school’s 2014 Concerto Competition performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Broaden your knowledge and appreciation of music with Maestro Grant Harville’s Symphony Previews—a series of fun, informative, (and free!) discussions about each concert in the Silver Series. Join us at Great Falls College MSU Thursday noon the week of the concert and feel free to bring your lunch.